SocialICE returns in 2022

Traditional bars and DJs make a comeback.

Opening night of SocialICE kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, on the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott /

Rochester's annual ice festival returns in its pre-pandemic form Feb. 3-5.

“SocialICE was the last major event we hosted prior to the pandemic,” said Holly Masek, the executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance. “We’re thrilled to bring this celebration back to the community again, and look forward, as always, to bringing folks together downtown.”

Previous SocialICE celebrations, which consist of sculpted ice bars run by local restaurants and bar, took place in Peace Plaza. They drew between 38,000 and 67,500 attendees, according to the RDA.

This year, the festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, and run through 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.

The festival's kid-friendly "Fam Jam" takes place Feb. 5.


The Downtown Alliance may adjust plans as COVID-19 guidelines require. Last year, the RDA held "Improv-ICE," a socially distanced tour of a few ice sculptures in Peace Plaza.

The RDA will share details at as the date approaches.

If you go

What: SocialICE and Fam Jam

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3-5

Where: Peace Plaza, downtown Rochester

Cost: Free

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